Since we are already a few weeks into January, I recently realized that I needed a 2014 calendar. Although I haven’t been feeling too crafty lately, I summoned up all of my create prowess and built a personalized calendar. I really like how it turned out.
I started by creating the calendar layout in Adobe InDesign. The bottom half of each page contains the calendar days, and the top contains an image. I used Adobe Photoshop to create images with an important personal significance. Each image contains a photo of a city that is special to me. Then I superimposed a map of that city and colorized the resulting image. For instance, February is an image of Albuquerque. That is where I was born. Similarly, March is a photo of New York City, because that is where Joey was born.
I printed the pages out on presentation paper, which is sturdier than regular paper.
I decided that the calendar should be a desk calendar, so I created a stand from an empty cereal box. I folded the cereal box into a triangle shape, and made some cosmetic tweaks, such as lining the edges with washi tape. To complete the calendar, I punched two holes on the top of the stand and each page, and then threaded string through the holes.
That is all it took to create a wonderful, personalized calendar. If you want to print your own calendar, then you are in luck. I am including two downloadable pdf files. One is an exact copy of the calendar featured in this post. I’m also including a blank template. You can print it out and customize it by pasting in whatever images you choose.